Cultural Event: Akwaaba Drum and Dance Ensemble

Theo Martey and the Akwaaba Ensemble are coming to WMS on Friday, April 26th!
A free, African drumming and dance performance featuring the music of Theo Martey and The Akwaaba Ensemble will take place on Friday, April 26th, from 7:00 to 8:00pm at The White Mountain School in Bethlehem, NH.  The Akwaaba Ensemble brings West African drumming and dance to vivid life, holding sway with the rich and subtle rhythmic patterns and styles specific to different tribal groups of West Africa.

The ensemble is led by master percussionist and founder Theophilus Nii Martey, who began studying traditional African music during his childhood in Ghana.  It brings together a group of friends who have been drumming and dancing together for many years in Ghana and the UK. The group includes past members of the National Dance Ensemble, Brekete Ensemble and the Shidaa cultural troupe.

The Akwaaba Ensemble’s energetic and engaging performances are a reflection of their name, which means ‘welcome’ in the Twi language of the Ashanti tribe of Ghana. At each performance the Ensemble brings Highlife music, West African drumming and dance to vivid life.

For the past six years, the Ensemble has toured internationally and performed on many stages in the United States, Mexico, Canada, Ireland and the United Kingdom. They perform at theaters, fairs, festivals, weddings, school settings, Drumming and Dancing workshops in the community, and often collaborate with other musicians. The goal of the group is to produce extraordinary music and great performances that enlighten the audience about African Culture and Music. They recently dubbed their new album “Akwaaba Welcome Home”.

The performance will take place in the Great Hall of The White Mountain School, 371 West Farm Rd, Bethlehem. The performance is free and open to the public; however, donations will be gratefully accepted and used to support future Cultural Events at The White Mountain School. 

For more information, contact Becky Beno at becky.beno@whitemountain.org or 603-444-2928 x50

Read about past cultural events here and here.

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